Hell no - you should talk to some Defender owners or visit Deffy forumsUnless you are a mechanic or have professional level skills I wouldn't try this on your own ad you will have to remove the the entire powertrain and such.
Photos of the disassembly would help with reassembly too. I was also thinking about a lift or hoist or both. Maybe a 2 post lift would be the cheapest and most efficient way to go. Some of them are below $1500. I don't think you'd come out ahead by much trying to home build an overhead hoist over a 2 post. I suppose you could lift the body off with a couple floor jacks and a large pile of cribbing wood. But if you had to do it more than once it would be painful, and I would guess rebuilding the front structure would take a couple body installations or more. Having a lift around afterward is a big bonus, if you have the real estate for one.I've done a swap like this before....it's not that bad for body on frame. Just label all your wiring harnesses as you unplug them. A good ceiling mounted hoist or lift is a very nice thing to have to pick up the body and roll the chassis out from under it. Then just cherry pick the drivetrain and put it in the new frame on stands....then swap the axles/suspension over and put the body back on.
Here's the linkIf you look up Lite Brite on YouTube they did a good job of documenting the process of their engine swap, which involved lifting the body off the frame.
The JK/ JL frame is modular. One can replace the front, center, or rear section as needed. It was built this way on purpose.Our Rubicon was purchased from auction as a salvage title as it had already been in a collision. My son and I have made it our project to repair it. The frame ends were bent fairly badly and after a bit of research it makes more sense for a few solid reasons to replace the entire frame. It’s not a task I originally planned on but it is now. Technically we are up to it. The biggest downside is just the amount of time and effort. On the upside we will learn a lot and we won’t be crabbing down the trail . Hope that explains things a little bit.
Or maybe even set up or wear one of those high-def video cameras like the Hero? They are made to be mounted to your chest or head and are heavy duty.Look forward to seeing this move along. I did a frame off resto on a 74CJ5 and didn't have the luxury of digital photography so that's a big plus since you have your current JL in a complete state. Taking a jillion photos along the way to be sure all wiring and routing of everything is correct will make reassembly pretty straightforward, and organization and plenty of room is the key, sounds like you've got that well planned.
Main thing, have fun, what a great father son project you're taking on, KUDOS!
I wasn't aware of that. Where and how do the modules attach to each other?The JK/ JL frame is modular. One can replace the front, center, or rear section as needed. It was built this way on purpose.
Also with a colored instruction manual in PDF format to match.I will find it amazing if someone replies: “oh, how to remove the body from the frame on a JL, yup, here you go!” Good luck with the (re)build!